Powerful and well-resourced business groups, unions and not-for-profits are influencing policy in Australia to serve their interests, sometimes at the expense of the public interest. Stronger checks and balances on policy influence are needed, to make Australian politics cleaner and fairer.
This research set out to find out whether the Lobbying Act is directly affecting charity and voluntary organisations’ ability to campaign. The evidence found that it is.
What is the nature of the New Zealand market for political lobbying? This article concludes that the question is not whether lobbying should be made more transparent via regulation, but rather how this can best be achieved.
More than 180 individuals have moved between senior public service roles and the fossil fuel industry in Australia over the past decade - providing a golden escalator for former senior politicians.
The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s management of the Australian government’s Register of Lobbyists. It suggests that improvements could be made to communications, compliance management and evaluation for the code and the...
Media analysis in this report shows that over the last year, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has overwhelmingly focused its energy on promoting coal and opposing cleaner energy sources like renewables.
Imagine Tony Abbott resigned to become a lobbyist tomorrow. He would be seeking to influence the political position of his party for his commercial benefit and the commercial advantage of his clients over their competitors. And if he did, he would be completely within the...
This discussion paper suggests that the Australian mining industry is dominated by foreign corporate interests that are spending hundreds of millions of dollars influencing our political process.
Lobbying is a necessary component of representative democracy, yet poses one of its greatest threats, writes George Rennie.
Because their aims are educational and democratic, what think tanks do and why they do it is entirely transparent.
Because their aims are educational and democratic, what think tanks do and why they do it is entirely transparent: they ensure their...
Over the past 20 years, lobbying activities in Australia have expanded dramatically. Following the United States' lead, where a radical shift in ideology in the 1970s led to a re-evaluation of the way corporations view their role in society, the notion of corporate “civic duty”...
Examines the relationship between the Queensland Government and the fossil fuel industry. The report reveals a pattern of secrecy, a lack of accountability and transparency and a fast moving revolving door between the highest level of the bureaucracy and government, where political...
Overview: Queensland spends less on social services than the rest of Australia in per capita terms, despite being a large state with a growing population.
In the major areas of health and education, Queensland spends less per person than any other state except...
The realities of policy influence are more complex than they may appear from the outside, but the rewards make it worthwhile, writes Catriona Jackson.
There are a few fully-fledged fantasies about the way academics give policy advice to government.
Let’s look at...
Tropical deforestation such as in the Amazon can be studied well from a green criminological perspective, argues this paper, giving an account of various ethnographic visits to the rainforests of the Amazon in the period 2003-2014.
Tropical deforestation such as in...
This publication surveys lobbying codes of conduct and registers introduced by Australian federal and state governments and some overseas governments.
This publication surveys lobbying codes of conduct and registers introduced by Australian federal and state governments and some overseas governments....
In October 2007, my organisation (the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum at the SSRC) paid for two British consultants to go to Dili to help the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) plan its security sector review (0) . This was part of a project...
Introduction: On 18 December 2013, the High Court handed down its decision in Unions NSW v New South Wales. The Court ruled that electoral funding provisions enacted in NSW in 2012 were invalid because they infringed upon the implied freedom of political communication in...